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Downtown Milwaukee

Fast Facts

  • $3.5 billion in downtown development since 2005
  • 2,200 housing units under construction or completed since 2016 
  • 31% of downtown workers live within one mile of downtown
  • 83,490 jobs held downtown
  • $240 million in sales generated by the nighttime economy

Downtown Development

Milwaukee's renaissance has been widely noted in publications near and far - but it takes a stroll along such places as the Milwaukee Riverwalk to see the "new" downtown for yourself.  Development and redevelopment have been steady as more people rediscover the energy and excitement of an urban lifestyle coupled with premiere access to two rivers and the lakefront.  

For information on downtown projects, visit the Milwaukee Downtown Business Improvement District's Interactive Investment Map.


The Milwaukee Riverwalk System began in 1994 as a means to offer public access to Milwaukee's central waterway.  Open to the public, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, the Riverwalk extends 3.1 miles along both shores of the Milwaukee River through the heart of downtown. The Riverwalk System has expanded over time and as development takes place, the System will line the shores of the Milwaukee, Menomonee and Kinnickinnic Rivers. Read more

Park East Corridor

The Park East Corridor consists of over 60 acres, many of which are prime sites for redevelopment.  The properties are located within Milwaukee's downtown, in close proximity to the Milwaukee River.  Milwaukee County owns 2.2 acres and is currently selling the properties through a Request for Proposal (RFP) process.  

For further information, visit the city's park east website.

Denim Park at The North End

Downtown Transit

Milwaukee is the envy of other cities due to the ease and affordability of getting in and around the downtown.  You will spend less time in traffic and more time doing what you came here to do.  Parking is abundant, affordable and easy.  Other transit options are available and Milwaukee is banking its future on the addition of even more. For detailed information on each option, Read more


Lori Lutzka
Development Projects Manager
[email protected]

Department of City Development
809 N Broadway
Milwaukee, WI 53202




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